Monster Chords

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Monster Chords

Monster Chords

Wave Cortex
Music
Monster Chords is an application that teaches the guitar and ukulele.

Monster chords provides lessons and games in order to help users gradually learn to use the chosen instrument, guitar or ukulele. Users get instant feedback about the performance while playing along with playback songs. The app also has a composer feature that lets you compose your own pieces of music to play later or to share with friends and other students.

Age groups 
Elementary
Middle school
High School
Price 
Subscription
Languages 
English
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Malay
Portuguese
Simplified Chinese
Spanish
Thai
Traditional Chinese
Platform 
Mobile iOS
Registration 
Not required
Offline play 
Playable offline
Pictures
Videos
Educational Quality
Learning Goals
Pedagogy

The following are the high educational quality aspects in this product.

Monster Chords offers high-quality demonstrations for learning chords and tuning the instrument.
Learner gets instant and clear feedback on his/her performance when playing.
The application is easy to use and is well suited also for younger players.
Playing along with a playback song makes learning chords fun and rewarding.

The supported learning goals are identified by matching the product with several relevant curricula descriptions on this subject area. The soft skills are definitions of learning goals most relevant for the 21st century. They are formed by taking a reference from different definitions of 21st century skills and Finnish curriculum.

Subject based learning goals

Learn to listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
Learn to play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts
Learning to play guitar and/or ukulele musically.
Learning to tune guitar and/or ukulele by ear.
Learn the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations

Soft skills learning goals

Practicing fine motor skills
Using technology as a part of explorative and creative process
Practicing to use imagination and to be innovative
Practicing to notice causal connections
Practicing to improvise
Learning to build information on top of previously learned
Practicing logical reasoning to understand and interpret information in different forms
Experiencing and exploring sounds and music from different sources
Practicing to use arts as a way to express
Understanding concepts of music and familiarizing with different notations
Using technology to express one’s emotions and experiences

The pedagogical analysis covers how the product supports learning of the identified skills. The student’s role is assessed by four contrary pair parameters, which are selected to cover the most essential aspects on the use of the product.

Passive
Active
The solution requires active engagement to progress and promotes activating emotions such as enjoyment of learning and pride of achievement.
Rehearse
Construct
The solution provides high quality demonstrations, clear learning goals and direct feedback of success.
Linear
Non-Linear
The solution provides accurately predictable learning outcomes through gamification. Users need to learn to play the chord fluently before passing each level.
Individual
Collaborative
The composing feature and the song sharing option bring a collaborative aspect into the learning experience.